Our Story

Published on Saturday, March 31, 2018 11:16 AM

Our Story

A Family Focus

Since 1980, Journeys by Jerry Van Dyke has been taking guests on journeys by land, river, sea, and rail, helping them explore the many wonders the world has to offer, from majestic peaks to ancient cities and everything in between.

While times may change, values should not. We started as a family business and proudly remain so to this day. This does not just mean the family owns and operates the business—it means that we treat our guests like family. Our belief is that when it comes to family, you try harder and give more. That’s why we also partner with other family-owned businesses all over the world, such as the Saner family in Switzerland and the Schulz family in Germany.

The Journey of Jerry Van Dyke

Jerry’s journey began as a young boy living in the town of Emmen in the Netherlands, where he was always wandering off on adventures of his own. After moving with his family to Guelph, Ontario, his love of exploration and transportation began to manifest itself professionally when he secured jobs at car dealerships, working his way up from mechanic to assistant service manager. His first foray into the travel industry was as a coach driver, initially at a bus company and then at a North American coach touring company.

However, Jerry couldn’t help but notice a glaring problem in the industry. While guests would pay up front for accommodation and a seat on the coach, expenses such as food, admission to attractions, and gratuities were considered extra costs to be paid throughout the trip. Journeys by Jerry Van Dyke was thus born out of a desire to streamline the travel experience for guests, presenting one all-inclusive price to ensure that they don’t have to worry about additional expenses and can instead focus on relishing each new culture, each rich history, and each stunning vista they encounter.

Your Part in Our Story

When Journeys by Jerry Van Dyke was in its infancy, Jerry would not only plan all the tours but would also drive the coach himself; he and his wife, Anneka, would personally ensure that everything was perfect for the guests. While Jerry now is semi-retired, the Van Dyke family continues to contribute to the operation of the company and work to uphold the family values on which it was built. Now offering journeys on all seven continents, we have extended our family in the form of passionate and knowledgeable journey managers who travel alongside you to ensure that every promise we make is kept. Our reputation is built on service, and providing you with an unforgettable experience is paramount in everything we do. That way, you can focus on what’s important: exploring the world, creating memories, and sharing experiences with friends new and old.

We welcome all our guests into our family and thank you for the opportunity to partner with you as you embark on your journey. Our reputation is built on service, and providing you with an unforgettable experience is paramount in everything we do travel alongside you to ensure that every promise we make is kept. That way, you can focus on what’s important: exploring the world, creating memories, and sharing experiences with friends new and old. We welcome all our guests into our family and thank you for the opportunity to partner with you as you embark on your journey. Our reputation is built on service, and providing you with an unforgettable experience is paramount in everything we do.


Jerry and Anneka Van Dyke